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SLOW PLAYpenalty

EFFECTIVE DATE – 1st November 2018

To All Members

Slow Play is a curse we all hate and causes resentment and annoyance amongst members for both the impact on their own games and towards the individual players involved. Slow Play is also disrespectful to both the principles of the game and the overall membership on the day.

Previously in an article on the website we outlined how Slow Play can occur and how to avoid it but it seems that either this was ignored or latterly forgotten so here is a brief summary of those points:

1) KEEP UP

Remember it is the individual group’s responsibility to keep pace with the group in front – NOT simply stay ahead of the group behind!!

2) PICK UP

In Stabelford events – our most common format – if you cannot score on a hole PICK UP (we are still seeing frequent recording of 7, 8, or 9 on cards on holes where the player does not receive enough handicap allowance to score!!)

3) BE READY

Given the need to stay out of the line of another player’s shot get to your ball and assess the club and the stroke to be played next and prepare for that BEFORE it is your actual turn to play!!  

Simple guides that work

IF YOU FOLLOW THEM

Please understand it is the responsibility of the GROUP as a whole to maintain pace of play and if one member of the group is particularly slow it is the responsibility of the rest of the group to encourage that player to speed up – by whatever means is necessary.

NEW SOCIETY/LOCAL RULES PENALIZING SLOW PLAY

Unfortunately, despite previous website postings and general announcements, the curse of SLOW PLAY has reared its ugly head again and the committee has decided that the previous and continuing guideance and discussions are not enough. This cannot go on and therefore the Committee have drawn up the following “Society Local Rule” for penalizing slow play which will become effective from the 1st November 2018.

Penalties based on timing of gaps between groups

1) Where a 4 ball group finishes 15 minutes or more behind another 4 ball group in front each member of that 4 ball will be subject to a one shot penalty being added to their round if stroke play/medal or by deduction of 1 stableford point if stableford format is being played

2) Where a 4 ball group finishes 25 minutes or more behind another 4 ball group in front each member of that 4 ball will be subject to a two shot penalty being added to their round if stroke play/medal or by deduction of 2 stableford point if stableford format is being played

3) Where a 4 ball group finishes 25 minutes or more behind a 3 ball group in front each member of the 4 ball will be subject to a one shot penalty being added to their round if stroke play/medal or by deduction of 1 stableford point if stableford format is being played

Whilst this timing penalty is specified to provide consistency of approach the committee members present on any event will, of course, take into account special circumstances that may apply on the day (weather delays, illness etc etc).

Not all courses have the finishing hole in view of the club house so it is obviously VERY important that each group immediately, on finishing, returns the score cards of the group to the committee members present so that timings can be assessed by the committee members involved – DO NOT “go to the car” or “go to the shower” before the cards are handed in please.  

NO ONE WANTS TO HAVE TO APPLY PENALTIES

NO ONE WANTS SLOW PLAY

EVERYONE CAN (AND SHOULD) MAINTAIN PACE OF PLAY